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SHILLONG, May 1, 2018: The North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (Nesfas) will receive a grant of crores of rupees for its “No One Shall Be Left Behind” initiative.

The Society on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement with the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to receive a Rs 9.41 crore grant from the corporation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund.

This amount will support a three-year project called No One Shall Be Left Behind, to be initiated by the society in Meghalaya and Nagaland.

The agreement was signed between REC chairman P.V. Ramesh and Nesfas chairman Phrang Roy.

According to a communiqué from Nesfas, the overall goal of this project is to enhance indigenous food systems to significantly contribute to improved nutrition, food security and sustainable livelihoods of about 3,000 households in 130 remote indigenous communities of Meghalaya and Nagaland focusing on adolescent girls, school children, youths, women’s groups and community elders.

The partners involved in executing this project include North East Network, Nagaland, Society for Urban and Rural Empowerment, Jaintia Hills, Social Service Centre, Shillong and a network of Garo self-help groups.

The project is a follow-up to the International Mei-Ramew held in Shillong in November 2015.

“It was developed through interaction with 30 communities in Nagaland and Meghalaya and the technical support provided by Roy and his international associates,” it said.

The Society also noted that the unique aspects of this project are the promotion of community seeds banks for local under researched food species, mapping of nutrient rich and climate resilient local species, advocacy of “eat your rainbow” approach to food consumption and promotion of innovation and capacity building at the community level.

Nesfas has been experimenting with some school cooks for midday meals by making innovative meals to encourage children to eat more local and wild edible vegetables.

Source: The Telegraph

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